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CHOCTAW ELECTRIC Cooperative


A Touchstone Energy® Cooperative JULY 2012


INSIDE THIS ISSUE PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF CHOCTAW ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


Snakey situation plagues co-op Snakes cause multiple power outages for CEC


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igh winds aren’t to blame for recent power outages along Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) lines. The culprit?


Common black rat snakes. Since May 30, the stealthy reptiles have caused outages at four co-op substations on five separate occasions. While CEC personnel quickly restored power to affected members, the rash of snake-related outages has co-op engineers scratching their heads.


“We normally have one or two snake- related outages a year, but this year we’ve had six,” said Jim Malone, CEC director of operations.


Most co-op substations are equipped with an insulated electric fence to discourage snakes from entering. “This usually works, but they’ve found some way around it,” Malone said.


Typically, snakes enter substations to hunt bird nests perched in the steel beams. Because of their length and superb climbing ability, it’s nearly impossible to block every possible entrance, however, utilities are trying.


Snakes are the second leading cause of substation outages in the nation. In 2009 alone, snake-related outages cost U.S. electric utilities a whopping $15 billion. TransGard Systems, a manufacturer of high


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A TransGard fence is now installed at the Garvin substation, where snakes caused two outages in one evening. Because the fence is expensive, most utilities use TransGard for problem areas only. “When you see that type of fence go up, you know we’re taking this


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Closed for Independence Day


The offices of Choctaw Electric Cooperative will close on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 for Independence Day. To report a power outage during this time, please call our 24-hour outage hotline at 800-780-6486.


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